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Reddit CEO caught editing posts, replacing moderators

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 24, 2016 4:50 am

The front page of the internet is being edited by the CEO of the company, stomping all over the free speech of Americans and other Reddit users around the world. Remember that this all ties into the fact that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hasn't been seen for over a month, and there's now a $1 million GoFundMe for proof of life.




Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has admitted that he edited Reddit user comments that were insulting him, using his power on Reddit to "anonymously change references to his own username, and replace them with moderators of the pro-Donald Trump subreddit, r/the_donald", reports The Verge.


Huffman who posts on Reddit as "spez" admitted the acts of heroism after being called out by /r/the_donald users, with Huffman saying he was "inspired to edit the comments after a spate of insults emanating from the pro-Trump subreddit. "I messed with the "fuck u/spez" comments, replacing "spez" with r/the_donald mods for about an hour," Huffman said, indicating that the only thing he secretly altered was the target of the insults", reports The Verge.


Huffman said: "It's been a long week here trying to unwind the r/pizzagate stuff", and if you didn't know about #pizzagate, it's a conspiracy that ties most of Washington, including Hillary Clinton and John Podesta to Comet Ping Pong - where a purported child pedophile ring has its HQ.


He continued that the decision to edit posts because he thought it was a wild and unproven conspiracy theory, but then the user backlash was too much. Huffman wrote on the /r/the_donald subreddit: "As much as we try to maintain a good relationship with you all, it does get old getting called a pedophile constantly. As the CEO, I shouldn't play such games, and it's all fixed now. Our community team is pretty pissed at me, so I most assuredly won't do this again".


Huffman can say he "most assuredly won't do this again", but after editing something this serious on the "front page of the internet" - I'm sorry, I don't believe you, and I never will again, Huffman.

AMD is gaining back GPU market share in a big way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 24, 2016 4:39 am

This time last year, NVIDIA had over 80% of the GPU market - but things have changed in the last 12 months. AMD launched their successful Radeon RX 400 series graphics cards, powered by Polaris - while NVIDIA launched an onslaught of GTX 10 series cards.




AMD was sitting with just 18.8% of the GPU market share last year, but now they've climbed up to 29.1% - while NVIDIA has fallen from 81.1%, down to 70.9%. GFXSpeak reported from Jon Peddie's data: "New market data from Jon Peddie Research shows that graphics add-in board (AIB) sales are on an upward trend. Shipments during the third quarter of 2016 (ending September 30) increased from the second quarter of 2016 by 38.2%; this is considerably above the ten-year average of 14.3%. On a year-over-year basis, JPR found total AIB shipments rose 9.2%. By comparison, total shipments of desktop PCs fell 17.1% in the same period".


There were also some quick highlights that are worth looking at:


  • AMD's overall unit shipments increased 15.38% quarter-to-quarter, Intel's total shipments increased 17.70% from last quarter, and NVIDIA's increased 39.31%.
  • The attach rate of GPUs (includes integrated and discrete GPUs) to PCs for the quarter was 146% which was up 14.96% from last quarter.
  • Discrete GPUs were in 34.84% of PCs, which is up 7.06%.
  • The overall PC market increased 8.09% quarter-to-quarter, and decreased -5.37% year-to-year.
  • Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs) that use discrete GPUs increased 38.16% from last quarter.
  • Q3'16 saw a decrease in tablet shipments from last quarter and saw notebook sales out sell tablets for the first time in three years.

Netflix's 4K restrictions could affect PS4 Pro owners

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2016 4:07 am

Yesterday we reported on Netflix's audacious requirements for streaming 4K video on PC: 4K streaming will be exclusive to PCs rocking a new Intel Kaby Lake i7 CPU and are only available on Microsoft's Edge browser. These restrictions will likely have an effect on gamers who own Sony's new PS4 Pro, and here's how.




So why did Netflix create these restrictions? It's rather simple: bandwidth. 4K video streaming takes a lot of bandwidth, and by requiring Kaby Lake CPUs for 4K streaming, the company significantly reduced the bandwidth by making 4K streaming less accessible to the mainstream market. But what about PS4 Pro owners?


Sony's new PlayStation 4 Pro is all about 4K: it rocks a new highly-customized Polaris GPU built specifically for gaming on 4K HDR TVs. But it's missing something very important: a 4K UHD Blu-ray player. Sony's PS4 Pro doesn't have a 4K Blu-ray player, and the company is instead forcing gamers to stream 4K content online via its own overpriced ULTRA 4K service, and signing deals with partners like Netflix. Even though its missing a huge important piece, the PS4 Pro has sold quite well so far, indicating the system will soon hit mainstream success.

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Sony hiding that there is input lag on 2016 Bravia TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 24, 2016 3:29 am

Sony is in some serious hot water, with the /r/technology subreddit seeing countless posts in a thread titled "(PSA) Sony removes 90+ pages thread on their community forums with users reports on input lag issues with 2016 Bravia models, any new threads regarding it instantly locked--amid holiday season".




There was an original thread created on Sony's own community forums, but it was closed - the second thread was locked after 5-10 minutes, and the third thread was "instantly deleted". The post from 'GivingCreditWhereDue' adds that "Any new threads regarding the issue are getting locked".


The issue? Sony's new 2016 line of Bravia TVs aren't ready for 4K gaming... with the post saying "as their flagship models have really high levels of input latency. Sony advertises their x930D bravia model as best fit for the PS4 Pro, but users who actually have it face a sever disadvantage when it comes to competitive and even casual games like Battlefield".


The company promised an update for their 2016 line in October, but it still hasn't arrived. GivingCreditWhereDue added that "Sony is trying to censor any bad press regarding their 2016 TVs for the holiday season, so I want to get the word out". Well consider the word out, man.

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Titanfall 2's first DLC drops on Nov 30 with new titans!

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2016 2:35 am

A blog post on the official Titanfall 2 website announced its first post-launch DLC will be released to the players on November 30. The addition of a microtransaction store for purely cosmetic purpose is also on its way.




Angel City's Most Wanted, Titanfall 2's first free DLC, will include a remake of the original fan favorite Titanfall "Angel City". It will first be available on Nov.30 for players that have pre ordered Titanfall 2. Everybody else will get access to the map on December 3rd.


The DLC will also include a new elite wingman pistol,a new pilot execution that let you phase into the enemy + new titan kits to customize your titan abilities further.Respawn also announced an in-game shop will be in the DLC for players to buy "new skins, new camo and prime Titans".



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Microsoft may dramatically change Xbox One's Snap Mode

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2016 2:04 am

Microsoft has already given the Xbox One OS a huge facelift with the New Xbox One Experience update, which adding a ton of functionality like backward compatibility, a 50% speed boost while navigating menus, enabled Windows 10 UWP integration via a custom OneCore OS and added a new quick launch bar. Now it seems Microsoft wants to optimize the system even further by completely evolving the outdated Snap Mode feature.




According to Windows Central, Microsoft is currently experimenting with a new picture-in-picture Snap Mode feature. It seems that Microsoft's motivations to remove the legacy Snap Mode aren't totally aligned with user feedback, but basic functionality, as Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform apps cannot leverage the current Snap Mode. Remember that Microsoft needs to make some serious changes to the Xbox One UI and functionality in order to streamline the OS for its new "monster" 4K-ready Project Scorpio console.


"I've been told that Snap Mode could be getting removed completely," Windows Central's Jez Cordon reports. "Indeed, Universal Windows Platform apps are currently completely unable to utilize Snap Mode, and denying UWP apps access to the feature could be evidence enough of its impending removal.""Instead, Xbox looks to be exploring the possibility of a picture-in-picture multitasking implementation, where "snapped" app would simply hover in the corner of your game, rather than wiping out a quarter of your screen with a largely empty bar."

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'Alien: Covenant' release date moved up by 3 months

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 24, 2016 12:33 am

The much anticipated follow up to Ridley Scott's Alien prequel 'Prometheus' is now set to burst into cinemas earlier than expected.




While the film was originally slated for release in August 2017, 20th Century Fox has announced via the Alien Anthology Twitter page that it will now release in May during the busy summer blockbuster season. While the title drops the 'Prometheus' name of its predecessor, the film will feature the return of the android David with Michael Fassbender reprising his role. According to Director Ridley Scott, it's set to strengthen the connective tissue between the 'Prometheus' and 'Alien' movies - with the classic Xenomorph alien set to scare a new generation of film goers.


'Alien: Covenent' will hit 3D and 2D cinemas in May 2017.

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AMD high-end 4K/VR-ready Radeon RX 490 teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 24, 2016 12:15 am

It looks like AMD is preparing to launch a next-gen graphics card, where the company should unveil its new Vega architecture soon - it's looking like we can expect the Radeon RX 490 to be unveiled soon.




The new Radeon RX 490 will be AMD's new 4K-ready flagship graphics card that will fight against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080, and hopefully at a lower price point. AMD has said that we aren't to expect a faster Polaris graphics card than the RX 480, so I don't see why they would announce an RX 490 when they should jump to the RX 590 with a card that can beat NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 (which will only be replaced with a GTX 1080 Ti soon enough).


But, there's some exciting things to expect, according to WCCFTech:


  • It will target the 4K resolution and be the go-to graphics card for VR.
  • It will have a bus width greater than 256 bits.
  • It will be based on either a dual-GPU Polaris 10 design or Vega 10.
  • Its going to be close to the price point of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.


Will the Radeon RX 490 rock the Polaris or Vega architecture? Well, the RX 490 could be a dual-GPU with 2 x Polaris 10 GPU cores, and 16GB of GDDR5 in total. This would provide the performance of a GTX 1080 (or so), at a lower price point (hopefully), and easily be 4K and VR-ready.

Mass Effect: Andromeda has 'seamless' space exploration

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2016 12:15 am

Unlike the previous Mass Effect games, Mass Effect: Andromeda will have a seamless non-interrupt feel to it thanks to current-gen PC and console hardware, meaning gamers won't have to sit through tons of loading points through their interstellar adventures.



Sitting down with GameInformer, BioWare recently confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda's player ship, the Tempest, would be a seamless space within the game. That means the Tempest won't have any pesky loading zones as players explore and navigate through the different layers of the ship, with even planet exploration and even spaceflight travel being re-worked to feel much more immersive.


The Tempest's bridge will serve as the main hub for the ship, and will be the nexus for missions and the like. Rather than going to a galaxy map to select locations, players will be able to look through a massive window aboard the Tempest and select nearby planets to explore. BioWare affirms that the entire exploration process--selecting a planet, flying to the atmosphere, and landing topside with the Mako--will feel much more streamlined and fluid, with minimal loading sequences."With memory limitations, with loading limitations, there was a real problem; if you wanted to go from one place to another, you had to unload everything, you had to reload everything - it was a long time," technical director Harold Chaput told Game Informer. "It really broke the flow of the game. Now, it's so much smoother to be on the ship, land on a planet, jump around, go inside a building. It's all very seamless, so breaking down the barriers frees up the player to explore and do activities. It makes it easier to make a rich and full environment."

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$1 million reward offered for info on Julian Assange

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 23, 2016 11:59 pm

Update: I've been chatting with Bertram on Twitter, and he said that "this is not a fundraiser", adding that "money issues can be so... finnicky... we've decided to hold off for now. We're exploring a fundraising method that would use multisig bitcoin wallets in order to allow for complete transparency and consencus before funds are spent".


Last week I wrote a story about WikiLeaks being astroturfed and that it was under the control of the government, and there was barely a peep from the mainstream media. Well, it's something that we should all be looking at right now, as it affects freedom of speech on the internet in a big way.




I took to my personal Twitter to talk about it, and in the last few days my account has blown up with followers, DMs, and retweets. There is a very large support group who wants to see WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange safe and sound, and just as I was considering opening up a GoFundMe account for this very reason, Logan Bertram did.


Bertram is asking for $1 million for proof of life of Assange, and while we might not hit $1 million - the internet is a wonderful place where things like this go viral very quickly. The post on GoFundMe reads:




The recent clamp down on moderators on Reddit is only getting worse, with most of the mods on /r/wikileaks and /r/whereisassange being replaced or silenced. The /r/pizzagate community has been completely banned, but they've moved onto another part of the internet.

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